Born: 14 MAR 1858 in Graafschap, Michigan
Died: 25 AUG 1943 in South Olive, Michigan
Gezina (Gezena, Geziena, Genziena) Broene
26 AUG 1882 in Trenton, NJ
|Gezina (Sena) Arens|
|Jennigje (Jennie) Arens|
|Hendrikje (Hattie) Arens|
|Herman (Harm) Arens|
|Gertrude (Geertje, Gertie) Arens|
|Kaatje (Kate) Arens|
|Geesje (Grace) Arens|
|Jacobus (Jack) Arens|
|Hendrikus (Richard) Arens|
Derk grew up on the family farm nearby (map of Arens farm).
Derk and Gezina were married in 1882, and in 1906 they relocated to a farm in South Olive, which by 1912 consisted of 120 acres (map of farm). They became friends with both Jacob and Mary Mulder and Hermanus and Henrietta Gruppen.
Derk was also a stonemason and active in the church as an elder. At some point on the farm he lost his hand in a corn shredder.
Later, they sold the farm to son John and moved to 81 East 17th Street in Holland, MI, where he lost much money through poor investments, one of which involved a gas station. After Gezina died, Derk moved in with son John. He was a quiet but easygoing man who still bragged of his many investments, although he really remained poor.
Derk is buried in East Holland Cemetery (L100 G7).